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Economy
1:00 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Moving On Up More Difficult In America

A new study shows that it is more difficult to "move up" in America than other developed countries. In America, kids are more likely to stay at the bottom of the economic ladder if their parents had low socio- economic status. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Erin Currier, manager of the Economic Mobility Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, about why the U.S. ranked worst for economic mobility among the countries in the study.

National Security
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Brennan Discusses Defense Authorization Bill

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:12 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 runs hundreds of pages. It authorizes hundreds of billions in defense spending. And as it stands, the version of the bill approved by the Senate is facing a veto by President Obama.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

E.U. Moves Ahead With Economic Reforms Package

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:12 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

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And I'm Lynn Neary. European officials are moving ahead today with a new package of economic reforms. That's after a long night of talks in Brussels. The effort to address the unyielding debt crisis has threatened European unity and one important country, the United Kingdom, has refused to sign off on the reforms. More on that in a moment, but first we hear about the new rules from NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Romney Returns To Iowa

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Mitt Romney was also in Iowa today. His campaign has spent the past several days on the offensive against Newt Gingrich. As Iowa Public Radio's Kate Wells reports, the former Massachusetts governor is facing a bigger challenge than he planned.

KATE WELLS, BYLINE: Remember when Mitt Romney wasn't supposed to really need Iowa?

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you, Tom. Thank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Britain Skeptical About Euro

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:12 pm

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More insular than ever - so says the French newspaper Le Mon, and it was referring to Britain and that country's decision not to join the effort to forge a new European pact. Today, nearly every European leader expressed support for that pact, but not the British prime minister, David Cameron. NPR's Philip Reeves explains.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

U.S. Faces Financial Troubles As Egypt Needs Aid

The U.S. has poured $28 billion of economic assistance into Egypt in recent decades. But now when Egypt's needs are the greatest, the U.S. and Europe are cash strapped. The Obama administration is trying to quickly reprogram aid to make sure it helps bolster democratic forces in the country and creates jobs to help ease the country's transition. The International Monetary Fund's chief Christine Lagarde says her door is open as well, but countries like Egypt need to ask for aid, which does come with some conditions. Meanwhile, leading members of Congress say the U.S.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Baseball Faces Busy Off-Season

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:12 pm

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Time for some hot stove baseball now. Yes. Even in chilly December, there's still reason to talk about the nation's pastime. For instance, one of baseball's biggest stars is changing uniforms.

Albert Pujols is leaving the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. He's been with the Cards for 11 seasons and two World Series rings, but money talks and Pujols is on his way to L.A. and the other league. He'll be playing for the Angels.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Ron Paul Surges In Iowa Polls

Ron Paul is surging in the polls — at least in Iowa — reflecting the implosion of other candidates, his memorable debate performances and eclectic libertarian positions. He's for ending the wars — as well as what he calls the "socialist big government." What is his role in the GOP nomination race? Who is he hurting and helping? Could he conceivably win the nomination? Does he want to be president?

National Security
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Questions Surround FBI Agent's Disappearance

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:12 pm

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And I'm Lynn Neary. The family of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran, is appealing for his return.

DAVID LEVINSON: My name is David Levinson, and I'm speaking on behalf of my mother, Christine Levinson, and my entire family. Please tell us your demands so we can work together to bring my father home safely.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Week In Politics: Economy; GOP Primary Race

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

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I'm Robert Siegel.

And it's time now for our weekly talk on politics. And joining me are our regular political observers, columnists E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. Hello, to both of you.

DAVID BROOKS: How do you do?

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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Technology
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

A Look At Mobile Technology Used In Retail

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Here's another challenge for traditional retailers. Companies like Amazon and eBay now offer apps for your Smartphone that take a lot of the legwork out of comparison-shopping. While you're in a store, just take a picture of an item or scan the barcode on the box. You'll find out where else to get it and you might even get an extra discount for buying it on the spot.

Stephen Hoch teaches marketing at the Wharton School of Business and consults for some retailers.

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From Our Listeners
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Letters: Stilts; 'People's Mic'; Backseat Book Club

Robert Siegel and Lynn Neary read emails from listeners.

Economy
1:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Maryland County Rethinks The Shopping Mall

Originally published on Fri December 9, 2011 4:12 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Lynn Neary.

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And I'm Robert Siegel.

The shopping mall is in trouble. That fixture of the suburban landscape has been hit hard by the recession. Even as business picks up, malls must compete with the rush to shop online.

NPR's Larry Abramson takes us to one shopping mall that's trying to escape the dustbin of retail history.

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Fronteras
9:34 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Attorney General Holder Won’t Resign Over Gun-Walking Program

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U.S Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that the federal gunwalking program Fast and Furious was an unacceptable law enforcement tactic. But as Michel Marizco from the Fronteras Changing America Desk reports, Holder also suggested Congress needs to move forward.

Fronteras
9:28 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Visa Waiver Security Questioned

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President Obama supports expanding a program that allows certain foreigners to come to the US without a visa. But as Hernan Rozemberg reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a new congressional report concludes that may not be such a good idea.

Fronteras
9:13 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Report: Border Fence A Waste of Money

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A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General says 69 million dollars of taxpayers' money meant for border fence construction has been wasted. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Ruxandra Guidi has the story.

NPR Story
2:38 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Apple, Publishing Houses Face Antitrust Probe

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 8:08 pm

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The European Union may be in the middle of its biggest crisis ever, but that doesn't mean it's overlooking the small stuff - international competition over the sale of eBooks, for example. The E.U.'s executive body, the European Commission, is investigating Apple and five major publishers for possible antitrust violations relating to the pricing of eBooks. The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating the publishers and Apple, for possible anti-competitive practices.

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Music News
2:13 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

A Giant Theremin Is Watching You Down Under

The Giant Theremin emits not only tones but also some prerecorded musical sounds.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 8:08 pm

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Romney Fires Back At Gingrich

The gloves are off in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich's surge to the front of the pack appears to have more staying power than any of the other challengers to Mitt Romney's standing as party favorite. And so, team Romney is firing back, for the first time, at a candidate other than President Obama.

Author Interviews
2:01 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

A New Look At The Man Behind U.S. Cold War Policy

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 3:55 pm

For much of the Cold War, George F. Kennan was America's best-known diplomat and a leading Soviet scholar. His reputation was based in large part on the 1947 essay he wrote on containment, the Cold War policy that said the U.S. should neither forcefully confront nor meekly appease the Soviets.

Rather, the U.S. should seek to contain Soviet expansion, power and influence in the belief that the communist system would eventually collapse on its own. The U.S. largely adhered to Kennan's road map until the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991.

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Media
1:00 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Volunteers Rally To Save Ernie Pyle Museum

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 3:55 pm

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Newspaper correspondent Ernie Pyle reported from the frontlines of World War II. His dispatches often read like letters home from the troops. Pyle's columns won him the Pulitzer Prize. His life made it to the silver screen. And in a rare honor for a civilian, he was even awarded a Purple Heart. Pyle was born and raised in a tiny Indiana town where a once expansive museum pays tribute to him.

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Fronteras
9:55 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Dictionary Changes Definition of “Anchor Baby”

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Editors of the American Heritage Dictionary have rewritten the definition of a controversial entry. The term "Anchor baby" was one of about ten thousand new words added to the dictionary last month, but as Jude Joffe Block reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, the definition sparked criticism.

Fronteras
9:51 am
Wed December 7, 2011

California City Defies State and Federal Immigration Laws

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Ever since Arizona's controversial S-B-10-70 became law last year, other states and cities have tried to follow its example. But as Ruxandra Guidi reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, few cities have defied both state and federal immigration laws like the city of Escondido, California.

Fronteras
9:45 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Visa Bill Blocked in Senate

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After sailing through the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill that proponents called a small, but significant, step toward immigration reform has met a roadblock in the Senate. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle has the story.

Fronteras
9:17 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Aging Census

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The number of Americas over age 65 grew faster than any other age group in the country. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk Monica Ortiz Uribe reports that retirees contributed to most of the growth in the southwest.

Fronteras
9:14 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Hispanics Oppose Perry

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A national conservative Hispanic group is calling for Texas Governor Rick Perry to drop out of the presidential race. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Hernán Rozemberg has more.

Fronteras
9:08 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Feds Worried About Gun Walking Program

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New emails released by the Department of Justice show that top officials were worried about the public perception of its gun walking programs in Arizona. As Michel Marizco reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, this was even before two of those guns turned up at the scene of a Border Patrol agent’s murder. 

Opinion
1:55 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

The Magic Of Music And A Little Room To Groove

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Alan Heathcock is the author of the collection Volt.

Last week, my wife suggested we have a dance floor installed in our family room. She was smiling ear-to-ear, wiping sweat from her eyes. Behind her, our three kids took turns showing off their moves as Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. blared over the speakers.

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Music
1:36 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle

The Roots' 10th studio album, undun, is a concept record chronicling the downfall of its narrator.
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The hip-hop band The Roots might currently be the hardest-working band in show business. Five nights a week, it's the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and is constantly collaborating with other artists. And this week, the band issued its 10th studio album.

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Monkey See
1:27 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

DVD Picks: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

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Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 5:36 pm

Time now for a home-viewing recommendation from our film critic, Bob Mondello. With a new movie version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opening this week, Bob's suggesting the TV original.

At some point in my youth, I must have known the nursery rhyme "Tinker, tailor/ soldier, sailor/ rich man, poor man/beggar man, thief," but since 1979, the instant someone says "Tinker Tailor," the next two words that occur to me are "Alec Guinness."

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